CSCHR to launch “A Civil Society Report” on India’s voluntary national review by UN High Level Political Forum of Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030 coordinated by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan
CSCHR will, on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 at the Manipur Press Club, Imphal organise the launch of a national civil society report on Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030 that has been coordinated by the Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, a national campaign to hold the government of India accountable for its promise to end Poverty, Social Exclusion & Discrimination.
India’s challenges and achievements in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030 is being reviewed this month (July 2017) by the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF). India’s Voluntary National Review Report on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals has been submitted to the UN.
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Leave No One Behind
A Life of Dignity for All
5 July 2017
Manipur Press Club, Imphal
Organized by Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and UN (CSCHR)
Supported by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA)
02:30 Pm Welcome by CSCHR
02:35 Pm Briefing on SDGs and the Process till today
02: 45 Pm Discussion: Moderated by Dr. Debabrata Roy Laifungbam (Convenor, CSCHR)
03:30 Pm Release of Report “Leave No One Behind” by Professor Dr. Elangbam Bijoykumar Singh, Director, Centre For the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP)
03:40 Pm Conclusion
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, will be conducting an official visit to India from 22 April to 1 May, inclusive. The mandate-holder wishes to meet with civil society organizations, women human rights defenders, victims and other advocates working on violence against women during the course of the visit.
CSCHR sent her an invitation on 13th March to visit Manipur. On 16th April, her office at Geneva sent us an email informing us that during her mission, the Special Rapporteur has scheduled a meeting at Imphal, Manipur on Sunday, 28th April at 1300 hrs.
The Special Rapporteur will address violence against women broadly, focusing on both its causes and consequences. The Special Rapporteur will study the different manifestations of violence against women: 1) in the family (both domestic violence and culturally justified practices that are violent to or subordinate women); 2) in the community (including rape/sexual assault, sexual harassment); 3) violence perpetrated or condoned by the State (institutional violence), and 4) violence in the transnational sphere (violence against immigrant women, asylum seekers and refugees).
Furthermore, in preparation for the mission, and in order to have a clearer picture of the issues, the Special Rapporteur invites the following information from any organisation or individual working on the issues of her mandate:
- recent analyses or surveys on the situation and forms of violence against women in India
- analyses on the criminal or civil provisions that may be applied to cases of violence against women, and whether these are appropriate or sufficient
- priority issues/concerns to raise, suggestions for recommendations related to VAW in the public and private spheres
- any recent and concrete cases of violence against women
You may send the information directly to email@example.com.
Manipur has been continuously under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 for over half a century. Under this Act, armed forces of India are accorded sweeping powers including derogation of right to life. Though the Indian armed forces are stationed in Manipur to aid civil administration, the prolonged use of an emergency law has led to wide negative repercussions on governance, policing methods and development initiatives. This stakeholders’ report is the joint submission by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Manipur and UN, prepared through a collective consultative process, consisting of informal and formal meetings, conducted from September to November 2011. This coalition is the outcome of the collective engagement with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders during her visit in January 2011.
The report highlights key features of the unacceptable human rights situation prevailing in the frontier State of Manipur in the so-called North-Eastern region of India. It provides vital supplemental information in the examination of India’s human rights situation during the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the UN Human Rights Council this year.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process conducted by the UN Human Rights Council, involving a review of the human rights record of all 192 UN Member States once every four and a half years. The UPR is a peer review process, whereby UN Member States monitor each others’ human rights record. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare the actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries and overcome challenges. The ultimate goal of the UPR is the improvement of the human rights situation in every country.
Apart from the information provided by the state under review and other reports received from the UN (such as independent human rights experts and bodies, known as ‘Special Procedures’, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities), information from ‘other stakeholders’ including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions are also examined in the UPR.
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